Sunday, November 10, 2013

Have Association Board & Staff Cultures Become Too Cumbersome?


The commentary surrounding the changing of the guard at Microsoft has pointed to an organization that became too slow to change.

The company has suffered in recent years from its inability to move quickly and come up with exciting new products. Its lumbering pace stands in sharp contrast to the speed with which companies such as Facebook and Google update their services.

"The tech industry, more than any other, is one full of fast change and new trends. Microsoft just became very, very corporate," says Nigel Nicholson, professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School and author of The 'I' of Leadership: Strategies for Seeing, Being and Doing. "Microsoft is now looking like the fat kid on the block. You need (to be) slim, fast, agile in order to innovate.”

Slim, fast, agile. 

How many associations – structured with multiple committees, subcommittees and task forces – can claim those characteristics?

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